2020-w2150 - 21 September 2020

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 1107 on 22 June 2020, a certain person (name furnished) (a) took and (b) was approved for sabbatical leave on more than one occasion prior to 9 February 2018 to 8 February 2019; if so, what are the relevant details (2) whether the sabbatical leave of the specified person was approved in line with the regulations of the Department of Public Service and Administration; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) for how long was the leave taken and (b) on what date was each leave segment taken?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 21 Sep 2020

I am advised by the Department that:

1. The sabbatical leave was not taken. The employee in question was granted an International Scholarship and sabbatical leave was approved for this purpose for the period 1 October 2017 until 30 September 2018. Due to personal circumstances, the employee could not take up the scholarship and returned to work on 27 November 2017 and the sabbatical ...

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2020-w1107 - 22 June 2020

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Whether, with reference to his reply to question 259 on 25 May 2020, he will furnish Mr M.J Cuthbert with the (a) names and (b) job titles of each employee of his department who has been on sabbatical leave since 1 January 2019; if not, in each case, why not; if so, what are the relevant details in each case; (2) whether any of the specified employees have subsequently applied for an additional period of sabbatical leave; if so, what are the relevant details of the additional period of leave (a) requested and (b) granted in each case? [NW1403E]

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 22 Jun 2020

I have requested the additional information and am advised as follows:

1. The names and the job titles of the relevant employees as per question 259 on 25 May 2020 who have taken sabbatical leave since 1 January 2019 and the details are as follows:

No

(a)

Name of employee

(b)

Job title

Details

     

Period

Duration

Details

1.

Ms Z Kobue

Deputy Director: Technology ...

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2020-w595 - 25 May 2020

Yoliswa Nomampondomise Yako to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What percentage of black women-owned businesses does the Industrial Development Corporation fund, (b) in what sectors are the women-owned businesses and (c) how does the specified percentage compare with the other demographics?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 25 May 2020

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I have been provided with the following reply by the IDC:

  1. & (c)

(b)

Black women

   

Sector

Value of approvals (R'm)

Number of approvals

 

>25%

>50%

>25%

>50%

Agro Processing & Agriculture

324

66

14

6

Basic Metals and Mining

5,643

1,847

15

6

Clothing & Textiles

121

4

18

5

Basic & Speciality Chemicals

725

508

13 ...

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2020-w215 - 25 May 2020

Yoliswa Nomampondomise Yako to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

What (a) number of (i) companies have benefited from the black industrialist programme since its establishment and (ii) jobs have been created by each company and (b) are the relevant details of the (i) name of each company, (ii) directors and (iii) number of directors in each specified case?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 25 May 2020

I am advised that a total of 149 companies have been approved under the Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS) since inception to 31 January 2020, supporting 22 176 jobs. This excludes the IDC’s programme.

The list of all approved enterprises and projects across all incentives has been published in the 2018/19 which can be accessed from the Department’s website: http://www.thedtic ...

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2020-w221 - 25 May 2020

Thembi Portia Msane to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What steps has his department taken to prepare for the effective and maximum implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement; and (b) how will this fit into the industrial policy of the Republic? NW298E

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 25 May 2020

The AfCFTA is a significant step towards the objective of African economic integration. The AfCFTA, as one of the flagship projects of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, aims to build an integrated market in Africa of over 1 billion people, with a growing GDP.

The AfCFTA, the market integration component of a wider African development agenda, combines market integration with infrastructure development and ...

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2020-w383 - 25 May 2020

Yoliswa Nomampondomise Yako to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether the Government has managed to achieve the targets it set itself to achieve through the Black Economic Empowerment programme in the past 10 years; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 25 May 2020

Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant expansion in the number of black South Africans who were able to access business opportunities or skills enhancement, as a result of BB-BEE programmes.

These included programmes such as

  • The Black Industrialist programme promoted by the DTIC and the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation).
  • Sector Charters and BEE Codes
  • Development Funds introduced through settlements under ...
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2020-w259 - 25 May 2020

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1)Whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a copy of his department’s policy on sabbatical leave for officials; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether he will furnish Mr M J Cuthbert with a detailed list of the (a) officials that have taken sabbatical leave since 1 January 2019 and (b) time period that each official has taken off from work; if not, why not, in each case; if so, what are the relevant details, in each case; (3) (a) what was the total cost to the taxpayer for overseas travel undertaken by officials of his department and (b) are these costs in line with the travel policy of his department; (4) what (a) number of business class flights were taken by officials of his department from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 and (b) was the total cost of the specified flights?

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 25 May 2020

The sabbatical and travel policies of the two Departments that merged to form the DTIC, were developed and approved prior to the current administration and will be reviewed in due course in line with Government’s oveall policy position.

In respect of the specific questions posed, I have been advised by the Department that the following applies:

(1) The Department’s sabbatical leave is ...

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2020-w171 - 25 May 2020

Mathew John Cuthbert to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(a) What total number of Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) approvals (i) are outstanding and (ii) require approval for the 2018-19 financial year, (b) what are the names of the relevant companies that are still waiting and (c) how long have they been waiting to be approved; 2) what has he found to be the economic implications arising from delayed approvals and (b) why have there been any delays in the approval of section AIS incentives; 3) what are the details of the (a) of list each AIS incentive transfer that has taken place since 1 April 2017 and (b)(i) amount of the transfer and (ii) the manufacturer concerned; 4) (a) whether or not the AIS adjudication committee is in place, (b) how long is their term of office and (c) on what date will the term of the current committee expire? NW192

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 25 May 2020

I am advised as follows:

1. 45 projects were granted approval under the Automotive Incentive Scheme (AIS) in 2018/19 financial year. All completed applications have been adjudicated as end of the financial year. A list of all approved enterprises and projects across all incentives has been published in the 2018/19 incentive performance report that was tabled in Parliament. The report can also ...

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2020-w654 - 25 May 2020

Dean William Macpherson to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

Whether, as a participant on the board of the Solidarity Fund, he can provide details as to whether distributions from the fund or procurement by the fund are subject to Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment policies and legislation; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what is the rationale for this? NW856E

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 25 May 2020

The Solidarity Fund was created on 23 March 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 crisis in South Africa. It is a platform for the general public, civil society and the public and private sector to contribute to the consolidated effort to fund various initiatives.

Ms Gloria Serobe is the Chairperson, Mr Adrian Enthoven serves as the Deputy Chairperson and Ms Nomkhita Nqweni is the ...

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2020-w211 - 25 May 2020

Frederik Jacobus Mulder to ask the Minister of Trade and Industry

(1) Whether, with reference to the latest balance of trade figures for the Republic issued by the SA Revenue Service that show an accumulated general trade surplus of R116 billion for 2017 to the last quarter of 2019, and a trade deficit amounting to approximately R96 billion with China, his department is considering quotas on imports from China to protect local manufacturers and to prevent further job losses; if not, why not; if so, what are the (a) relevant details and (b) timelines; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter? NW286E

Reply from the Minister of Trade and Industry on 25 May 2020

It is a fundamental pillar of current Government policy to support and nurture local manufacturing and support local jobs. This applies to both industrial as well as trade policy interventions.

There are two critical concerns relating to trade between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China (PRC):

  • First, the composition of trade between the two countries, which has generally been composed of ...
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